Friday, November 15, 2013

Austin Has Fun Fun Fun Once Again

If you have ever visited Austin, Texas, then you probably already know we like to have fun here in the Live Music Capital of the World. Sometimes our fun involves music, sometimes sports, sometimes comedy, and sometimes the great outdoors, but once in a while we like to throw all caution to the wind and combine everything into one bigger-than-life party. We call this event Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest.

Fun awaited all who traveled to Austin for this years Fun Fun Fun Fest on Auditorium Shores

This year Austin's homage to all things FUN took place for three days, November 8, 9, and 10, on Auditorium Shores in beautiful downtown Austin.

Fun was the name of the game in Austin as the 8th annual Fun Fun Fun Fest took place 

As usual, there were a variety of musical acts represented at the festival ranging from...


Rapper Ice T performs for the crowds at Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest

to Heavy Metal,

Tom Araya and Kerry King perform with Slayer as the headlining act of Day 3 of Fun Fun Fun Fest

to Punk,

Kathleen Hanna of The Julie Ruin entertains the crowd at Fun Fun Fun Fest

and Post Punk

Bleached performs on day 2 of Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest

to Electronic,

Roger Sellers performs on day 2 of the 8th annual Fun Fun Fun Fest

Marcel Everett, aka XXYYXX, performs on day 3 of  the festival

Adam Miller, Ruth Radelet, and Johnny Jewel of the Chromatics perform as part of Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013

to Symphonic Pop Rock

The Polyphonic Spree, led by Tim DeLaughter,  performs on day 3 of Fun Fun Fun Fest

to Indie Rock

The Dismemberment Plan performs for the crowds at the 8th annual Fun Fun Fun Fest

Badford Cox of Deerhunter performs for the audience on Auditorium Shores in austin

and Singer/Songwriter.

Ernest Greene, aka Washed Out, entertains the audience at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013

We were entertained by …

International stars,

M.I.A. headlines Day 2 of Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest, November 8, 2013  

and homegrown acts,

Cory Kendrix of Austin's LNS Crew performs for the crowds 

established entertainers,

Tom Araya of Slayer performs as part of Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 in Austin, Texas

and youngsters just starting out in the business.

Malcom Brickhouse and Jared Dawkins of Unlocking The Truth perform on Day 2 of FFF Fest

And while all of this incredible music was taking place on the four stages, the festival grounds played host to…


and BMX bikers,

and wrestlers,

and even an occasional group of "strolling" musicians.

Austin loves a good party, so it was not surprising that the 8th annual Fun Fun Fun Fest was once again a hit with the crowds.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Barenaked Ladies Rock Austin

The Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies hit the stage at Austin City Limits - Live at the Moody Theater on October 24, 2013. The band is on tour in support of their latest album, Grinning Streak, which was released in June 2013.

Ed Robertson, Tyler Stewart, and Jim Creeggan of Barenaked Ladies perform at ACL Live in Austin, Texas

The band is comprised of Jim Creeggan (upright bass, electric bass, and vocals), Kevin Hearn (keyboards, guitar, accordion, and vocals), Ed Robertson (vocals and guitar), and Tyler Stewart (drums).

Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies greets an enthusiastic crowd in Austin, Texas on October 24, 2013

Kevin Hearn of Barenaked Ladies performs at Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater 

Ed Robertson entertains the crowd as Barenaked Ladies performs in Austin, Texas on October 24, 2013 

Set List:
Never Is Enough
Pinch Me
Gonna Walk
All in Good Time
Keepin' It Real
Maybe Katie
Blame It on Me
Brian Wilson
Did I Say That Out Loud?
Odds Are
Big Bang Theory
One Week
If I Had $1,000,000
Barenaked Rap

Old Apartment
Blister in the Sun (Violent Femmes cover)
Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin cover)

Vintage Racing at COTA

Austin might be known as the Live Music Capital of the World, but another great activity, motor racing, is quickly making its mark on our fair city by drawing hundreds of thousands of enthusiastic fans from around the globe to a new state of the art venue. It was just under one year ago when the Circuit of the Americas race track made its debut in Elroy, Texas, a sleepy little town just on the outskirts of southeast Austin. Naysayers wondered why it was logical to spend millions of dollars building a special race track for an event which would take place once a year. Organizers said there would be more possibilities to take advantage of during the other 11 months of the year, and they were right.

The Circuit of the Americas track was originally built as THE track for the United States Formula One Grand Prix auto race. COTA hosted its first Formula 1 race in November 2012. Since then COTA has hosted several auto, motorcycle, and bicycle racing events, the latest of which occurred over the weekend of Oct 24 - 27, 2013, as the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association brought their inaugural U.S. Vintage Racing National Championship to Austin.

This race featured 13 different race groups with various race cars dating back to the early 1900s through modern-day prototypes. Here is just a glimpse at the events of the weekend.